Chronic Brain Stress – The Intangible Injury.
In modern life, we experience all kinds of traumatic physical events – car accidents, sports injuries, bad falls, and even physical or sexual abuse. When we experience such an event, it overwhelms our Central Nervous System’s ability to cope adequately. There is a residue of stress left behind that can undermine natural function, especially movement. This residue of stress exists at a level that other neurologic modalities can neither detect nor address. The symptoms of this brain stress can last a lifetime.
Motor Control Therapy® is unique in the world of neurologic bodywork because it employs a revolutionary protocol called TraumaClear®. The TraumaClear® protocol is at the core of Motor Control Therapy® and addresses the enduring intangible injury that occurs when one experiences a traumatic physical event.
How does this work?
Your brain’s number one priority is to keep you SAFE. It continually monitors and adjusts your movements as you encounter changing circumstances, responding to stressors that challenge your safety – such things as an unexpected obstacle as you walk along a crowded sidewalk, or a fellow skier who suddenly crosses your path. This is the type of stress that your brain manages constantly, often without your even noticing.
Despite your brain’s best efforts however, accidents do happen. You trip and fall over that obstacle, or you’re hit by that other skier, suffering a painful, surprising injury. Treating the physical injury is usually the only care that you receive. But, what usually goes undetected and untreated is the fearful memory that persists in your Central Nervous System.
This is trauma-based stress: the chronic memory of an episode in which your brain perceives that it FAILED to keep you safe. The stress that occurs from this memory makes a powerful imprint on both the instinctive and the cognitive parts of the brain. Your accident may have occurred decades ago, and you may not even give it much conscious thought - but to your brain, it happened yesterday!
This perception of failure results in anxiety about postures and movements that were in play at the instant the physical incident occurred. So, for example, if you were behind the wheel of a car and got rear-ended, general nervousness and physical discomfort may arise every time you drive. The same feelings can occur not only when you’re driving, but also while sitting and doing other activities, such as working at your desk, or eating at a dining table.
Or, let’s say you tripped and fell, sustaining a distressing injury to your elbow, causing a lot of pain and emotional upset. Now, years later, you find that your tennis or golf swing is weak and erratic, or that you can’t hold your child or grandchild in your arms. You get excellent medical attention and physical therapy, but the problem persists. This can be exhausting and debilitating to endure.
Chronic stress from physical trauma is one of the primary but elusive causes of movement dysfunction. Luckily, the TraumaClear® protocol can clear the effects of that stress. The protocol can be done as part of a normal Motor Control Therapy® session. The effects are immediate and transformative.